Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez 3 – Will It Happen?

Published 10/03/2021, 11:03 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Gennady Golovkin punches Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Not many have danced toe-to-toe with Canelo Alvarez in his sixteen-year-long professional boxing career. Apart from losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, the only time the Mexican champ has truly been challenged was in 2017, when he fought Gennady Golovkin for the middleweight throne.

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On September 16, 2017, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin engaged in a twelve-round battle that will indubitably go down in the history books. To date, the first leg of this bittersweet rivalry is considered one of the most sophisticated fights of all time.

While the first bout ended in a split draw. Canelo Alvarez outboxed Golovkin in their rematch exactly a year later.

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Since then, fans of the sport have been looking forward to a third fight to settle the rivalry fair and square. However, in an interview, GGG’s former coach Abel Sanchez recently shared that Golovkin needs a trilogy fight more than Canelo.

He said that Canelo already has a couple of opponents lined up and even doubted the possibility of a third fight. Sanchez added that the Mexican champ has different goals at the moment, and how GGG might not be part of his larger plan.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Gennady Golovkin throws a punch at Canelo Alvarez during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

I think GGG needs Canelo more than he needs him. It’s a decent fight only because it’s the kind of fight that brings Gennady up for it, but Canelo’s already got 3-4 guys lined up that he wants to fight.”

“He’s looking for future standings, hall of fame status, he’s looking for a lot of different things and Gennady is not one of them,” said Abel Sanchez.

Canelo Alvarez wants to fight for seven more years

In a recent interview, Canelo Alvarez announced that he wants to hang up his gloves in seven years’ time at the age of 38. When asked about his long-term plans in the sport and when he plans to call it a day, he said “seven“.

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That’s what I want. Maybe more, but that’s what I want, seven more.”

Canelo was then asked if he considers himself to be one of the greatest in Mexican boxing history. He replied, “I don’t know. I want to do my history, my things.”

Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez prepares for his bout with Callum Smith before their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Everybody is different. I’m going to try to do my best and be one of the best. Numbers talk. So we’ll see when my career ends,said Canelo Alvarez.

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However, his retirement plans could be altered in the near future as he is now all set to challenge IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant on November 6.

This could be the p4p king’s biggest title fight yet. If he can bag the undisputed champion status next month, he could probably even go on to test himself against light heavyweight contenders.

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Who would you like to see Canelo Alvarez fight before he finally retires?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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